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Young and innovative agripreneurs WANTED!

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The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research and Development (YPARD)-Africa are searching for young agri-preneurs who would like to showcase their work during the FARA Science Week. The invited agri-preneurs will get the opportunity to exhibit their work through the market place. In addition, they would like to invite young and innovative professionals to take part in the youth and gender side-event.

What is the Africa Agricultural Science Week?

Every three years, FARA convenes a continental gathering of all stakeholders involved in African agricultural development. This has become known as the Africa Agriculture Science Week. The Government of Ghana has graciously agreed to host the FARA 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week and General Assembly.

Among other objectives, this Science Week aims at enabling FARA constituents to review progress and lessons learnt since the 5th Africa Agriculture Science Week and to determine the African regional agenda for the next three years.

Side-event Session on Women and Youth

The theme of the women and youth side-event session is “Empowerment of women and youth for improved productivity, competitiveness and resilience of African agriculture”. The side-event will provide women and young professionals with the opportunity to share their best practices, challenges and suggestions for moving forward.

Objectives and Purposes of the Women and Youth Side-event

The objectives of the women and youth side-event sessions are:

  • To  highlight  the importance of empowering women and the youth in  Africa’s agricultural growth
  • To provide a platform to consult, prepare and provide input on women and youth into the final outcomes of the Agricultural science week
  • To take stock of advances in joint actions, share best practices from  FARA and partners on empowering  women and youth  for agricultural innovation since  the 5th African Agriculture Science Week in 2010
  • To identify emerging approaches, opportunities and future directions on  women and youth  for agricultural innovation

Outputs and milestones

  • Lessons and experiences shared among different stakeholders and concrete actions identified as to how to shape future direction on programmes and interventions on  women youth in AR4D.
  • Concrete actions identified as to how to mainstream gender and youth concerns into AR4D in the next three years.
  • Clear roles and responsibilities of all stake holders identified and defined.
  • Procedure of the sessions documented and shared
  • Key recommendations submitted into plenary session for consideration

Youth sponsorship

5 young professionals will be sponsored to attend this event (Return economy  air ticket from  country of residence, visa, meals and accommodation during the conference)


To be eligible to the sponsorship, candidates must:

  • Demonstrate keen interest in agricultural activities.
  • Be active in ARD activities in Africa
  • Discuss some of her/his striking success stories and the challenges faced in ARD.
  • Be less than 40 years old
  • Keen interest in advocating on youth role in the field of agriculture


  • Add value to stages within agricultural value chain.
  • Itemize the products that he/she will be exhibiting at the FARA Science Week.

Recruitment process

Applicants are requested to express their interests in the event, what they can bring to it and their vision for African youth. Please send a CV and a Motivation Letter (Maximum 2 pages):

  • Indicate your age and years of experience in youth-related agricultural activities.
  • Discuss briefly your vision for the role of youth in African agricultural development in the next 5 – 10 years.
  • Discuss briefly some of the value that you will be bringing to the FARA Science Week
  • Only applications that provide all these information will be reviewed for possible selection.

Deadline : 15 May 2013.

Send your application to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject line: “Side-event – ASW – Youth application”. Alongside, do not forget to Register online for the event. Click on the link below to begin your registration process both for participation, as well as renting of booths for exhibition: http://www.fara-africa.org/scienceweek/registration/

Learn more about FARA, the apex organization for agricultural research for development in Africa and the African Union’s New Partnerships for African Development (AU/NEPAD) mandated institution to lead implementation of Pillar IV of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) focusing on generation, dissemination and adoption of agricultural innovations: http://www.fara-africa.org/about-us/

Learn more on the FARA science week page.

Article originally posted on the YPARD Website: Young and innovative agripreneurs WANTED!

Last modified on Thursday, 02 May 2013 14:29


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